Sunday, April 23, 2017

Too Dark Park

Uh oh! I just noticed that there seemed to be NO NEW POST today. I screwed up and forgot to tell the little man in the computer to publish this post at 12:01 AM; instead it was going to publish at 4:30 in the afternoon. D'OH. Anyway, here is today's anticlimactic post.

It's always a bummer when a slide that would be a very cool view turns out to be way too dark. This first one, from October 1963, shows (or is supposed to show) Tiki's Tropical Imports in Adventureland. I don't have many photos of this souvenir stand, so I wish that this one hadn't turned the shadows to inky blacks. So much for seeing what goodies could be had.

This next one comes from 1957; while it is dark, it's not a total loss. I always like views of the Chicken of the Sea Pirate Ship from the less-photographed side. And all the sails are unfurled. Presumably this photo was shot from a Casey Jr. Circus Train.


Pegleg Pete said...

Phew, Major, I was starting to worry there that you might miss your unbroken posting record! Vintage Adventureland photographs are always welcome, even when they are a bit dark. And that's an interesting shot of the Pirate ship, what with the somewhat unusual angle from Storybook Land and the rhythmic placing of the skyway buckets between the sails. All in all, two good pics – and well worth the wait!

K. Martinez said...

Love the Tropical Imports pic. You don't see many of those, especially from that angle. From what I can tell, you could definitely get some bamboo or seashell wind chimes from the shop. I also like the lamppost with the "Jungle Cruise Entrance" sign hanging from it. Thanks, Major.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Tropical Imports again. This is taken near the JC exit...and the darkness mirrors my working memory from that spot. We skippers had fun now and then with the girls working there bantering 'on mic' as we positioned between the exit and load positions. Good times! KS

Chuck said...

I just came in from working in the yard, looked at these and thought, "wow - these are dark!" Then I realized I was still wearing my sunglasses.

I actually remember this side of Captain Hook's galleon better than the other. I think it's because the seating was on this side and we had an opportunity to sit and really look at her while we were eating, without the distractions of intervening crowds or spinning rides. And I'm sure my parents were all too happy to rest their tired feet in the shade for a half hour or so.

Dark shadows or not, these still bring back great memories. Thanks again. Major!

Scott Lane said...

Great. Now I've got the theme from Dark Shadows playing in my head.

Chuck said...

...and now I do, too. :-)

TokyoMagic! said...

Wow, that first image is very similar to this Disneyland postcard:

Tropical Imports Postcard

Anonymous said...

What Chuck Said.

I love these. Thank you!


Major Pepperidge said...

Pegleg Pete, don’t worry, GDB hasn’t run its course just yet! I may eventually announce a different schedule (in other words, not every day), but for now things are OK. Thanks for the concern! ;-)

K. Martinez, I prefer a nice rubber-tipped spear with genuine dyed chicken feathers, but would accept seashell wind chimes. I didn’t notice the “Jungle Cruise Entrance” sign, thanks for pointing it out.

KS, it sure sounds like Disneyland was a great place for flirting. Maybe it still is? There certainly was more “esprit de corps” than there is now!

Chuck, why are you working in the yard? Don’t you have robot gardeners?! Perhaps you were just experimenting to see what it was like. I didn’t know there was seating for the Pirate Ship on that side - wasn’t it more toward the stern? Glad you liked these!

Scott Lane, well, thanks to you, so do I!

Chuck, ha ha!

TokyoMagic!, I wish my photo was MORE similar to that postcard, with all of those bright colors, and giant mutant birds.

Major Pepperidge said...

Chuck again, I just noticed the umbrella in photo #2, presumably shading a table....